What a Difference a Year Makes

A year ago we were on the hunt for a house in our current school district. We searched for months. I was a modern day Goldilocks looking for a place to settle down, only nothing felt just right. Every house we visited seemed too old (and overpriced), or in the wrong neighborhood (and overpriced), or lovely and updated, but overpriced. We saw a few low priced short sales and foreclosure houses, but those were in such a state of neglect that we didn’t give them a second look.

A trip to to the store to check out new appliances for a house we had not yet found, let alone bought, seemed like a flight of fancy, so I indulged myself further with a visit to the store’s Santa.


It turned out Santa was wrong. We didn’t find a house by the end of 2010. It took until the spring of 2011 before we found The One. It was old and musty, but it was priced right. It had potential. And we could afford to bring out that potential*.

Santa’s elves, disguised as Abt delivery men, are paying a visit to our house this week. Turns out a houseful of appliances weighs too much for Santa’s reindeer.

Do you think they’ll bring cookies? I’ll be happy as long as they don’t mess up our fabulous newly sanded, shiny wood floor.


living room new floor

Here’s a similar view from earlier this year. The worn green carpeting was actually a gift from the owners. It protected the hardwood floors for the last 30-40 years.

Green carpet dining room

 * Mostly. I think. Ask me once we finish paying for all this work. And some furniture.

3 Responses to What a Difference a Year Makes
  1. Lori Lavender Luz
    December 26, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    What a transformation! The floors are lovely.

    How cool that you now also have appliances. SOunds like it’s been a good year!

    May 2012 bring you even more blessings 🙂

  2. Kim Tracy Prince
    December 26, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    Very pretty floor!

  3. Michelle
    December 27, 2011 | 10:08 pm

    Those floors are … gorgeous! I am so jealous. Someday I’ll have fancy wood floors again. I really really miss them.